Written Text of the Bible
WRITTEN TEXT OF THE BIBLE 5
Both written and oral forms of communication have their advantagesand disadvantages. The selection of the kind of conversation that oneuses to deliver a message depends on the effectiveness that such amodel will achieve. For example, the choice to have the Bible’smessage delivered in written form was informed by the variousadvantages that this type of communication has over the oral form ofcommunication (Quinn, 2013). It isessential to state that the there is no one form of communicationthat can be said to be without flaws and the choice of any type isdetermined by the nature of the message and the intended audience.
Pros of written communication
Written communication is a form of message delivery that can be usedfor long messages such as annual company reports or national budgets.Further, it is essential to note that written communication offers arecord of the message, which can be referred to in future (Wodak &Koller, 2015). Research has also shown that written texts act aslegal documents since their contents can be re-consulted after themessage was expressed in a business transaction. Another advantage ofthis form of communication is that it can be used to reach manypeople.
Cons of written communication
One of the major shortcomings of written communication is that itlacks personal touch and confidentiality. This is contrary to theoral communication where the parties involved are the only ones whohave access to the message (Teich,2013). Written texts can also be time-consuming as the writercan take a long time to compose and write the messages. It is alsoessential to note that written texts need filing and cannot beeffective for illiterate people.
Pros of oral communication
Oral communication several advantages and disadvantages compared towritten text. Notably, oral communication is cheap and immediateanswers can be provided where clarifications are required (Wodak &Koller, 2015). Further, oral communication has the aspect of personaltouch, and it can be used to apply cooperative spirit. It is alsoevident from research that oral communication is persuasive, and itcan also be used to exchange confidential messages.
Cons of oral communication
Messages that are passed through oral communication cannot bestored, and, therefore, records of the information cannot beretrieved in future (Wodak & Koller, 2015). Furthermore, oralcommunication does not allow the parties to apply the contents inlegal cases. Lastly, oral communication is not effective when thedistance between the parties is long.
Geisler and Nix 2012 have asserted that there were various reasonsas to why the Bible utilized written text over oral form. Accordingto these authors, the Bible used the written text because there wasenormous information that needed to be included in the book. It isessential to note that it would have been impossible to deliver suchinformation to the people from God in oral form. The written textalso enabled duplication of the contents in order to reach as manypeople as possible (Geisler & Nix, 2012). Further, the authorshave also alluded to the fact that there was some manuscript evidencethat needed to be included in the Bible. Such manuscripts could onlybe added in a written text. The written text nature of the Bibleallowed the elimination of errors. It is important to note that thewriters of the Bible relied on oral messages from God and theseconsidered as accurate (1 John 1:1-4, New King James Version). Thisis because the Bible could be proofread many times. It is estimatedthat the original version of the Bible contained over 1.2 millionmistakes and these were eliminated because of the written text natureof the book. Geisler and Nix have also argued that the translation ofthe Bible into many languages could only be done if the book waswritten in text. There are numerous copies of the Bible in differentlanguages across the world that has been translated from the originalversion.
Among the various reasons provided by Geisler and Nix as to why theBible took the written format, elimination of errors and the vastamount of information are the two most compelling reasons. Theinformation contained in the Bible is enormous, and it would havebeen impractical and impossible to deliver such information throughoral communication method. Further, the message from God to thepeople needed to reach millions of people and it this could only bepossible through written messages (Wodak & Koller, 2015). Thewriters of the Bible were conveying the message they were receivingfrom God (Galatians 1:12, New King James Version). Oral communicationdoes not provide for rectification of errors. There is no doubt thatany written text will contain a few errors such as spelling orgrammar errors. The Bible needed to be written to provide anopportunity for the rectification of the mistakes. Considering thatthe Bible contains the word of God, there was a need to make surethat there are no mistakes in the thousands of chapters and verses.
While concluding, written form of communication seems to be moreefficient than the oral form of communication. In instances wheremassive amounts of information are involved, written text is the onlyform that is appropriate. Further, written text allows the publishersto eliminate any grammatical or spelling errors. However, it isessential to note that both forms of communication have theirstrengths and flaws.
Geisler, N. L., & Nix, W. E. (2012). From God to Us: HowWe Got Our Bible. Chicago: Moody Publishers.
Quinn, J. W. (2013). TheGospel: From oral tradition to the written text. Expository Files,20(2). Retrieved fromhttp://www.bible.ca/ef/topical-the-gospel-from-oral-tradition-to-the- written-text.htm
Teich, N. (2013). Rogerianperspectives: Collaborativerhetoric for oral and written communication.Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub.
Wodak, R., & Koller, V. (2015). Handbookof communication in the public sphere.Berlin: Moutonde Gruyter.
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